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#pounditFriday, December 4, 2020

Shaun King rips Jason Whitlock, calls him a ‘sellout’

Shaun King ripped into Jason Whitlock on Twitter Wednesday, calling the columnist a “sellout” among other things.

If you’re wondering the reason for the Twitter beef, we’ll explain.

King is a leader in the “Black Lives Matter” movement, and he received noticed in the sports world after publishing two columns on Peyton Manning for the New York Daily News the past few days. The first column asserts that Manning’s pristine image was built on lies. In his story, King delves into the relationship between Manning and the trainer from Tennessee whom the QB was alleged to have sexually assaulted back in college. Though I was always familiar with this case and the dispute over what happened — Manning says he was mooning someone while the woman claims Manning stuck his rear and genitals in her face — King provided much more detail. King also presents a defamation lawsuit the trainer hit Manning with in 2002 after the quarterback trashed her in his book. I was not aware of this lawsuit.

King then published a follow-up column on Monday directed at those doubting the veracity of his first story. Unless you are so blindly swept up in Manning’s image that you have no chance of believing he would ever do anything wrong, you will see a pretty convincing legal case indicating that Manning did sexually assault the trainer and lied about the woman in his book.

Regardless, FOX Sports columnist Jason Whitlock is among those who refuses to believe Manning did what the trainer and a witness allege. He wrote about that and then decided to compare King’s Black Lives Matter movement to the rap world.

Whitlock refusing to believe King’s stories and crapping all over him led to King’s harsh response on Twitter. You can see that below:

Whitlock then responded by questioning King’s blackness, an argument that is old and tired.

King again responded:

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I always had mixed feelings on the Manning sexual assault case, but the second witness and extra information supplied by King has swayed me towards believing it more. I also believe there is good reason to think Manning used HGH in his recovery from neck surgery as recently alleged, so it’s clear his endearing nature hasn’t completely made me incapable of thinking he could do wrong.

Whitlock is just up to his usual games of trying to get his name out there and go against a rising tide. He succeeded at riling up King in this case, which was probably his goal.

Also see: Bill Polian defends Peyton Manning against ‘smear campaign’

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